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THURSDAY AUGUST 14 2014

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

A CAMBRIA COUNTY MAN IS DEAD IN A FREAK ACCIDENT. POLICE SAY 68 YEAR OLD MICHAEL HUDSON OF SOUTH FORK WAS RUN OVER BY HIS OWN VEHICLE IN CROYLE TOWNSHIP WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. HE WAS TRYING TO PUSH AND STEER HIS STALLED JEEP WITH HIS WIFE PUSHING BEHIND. HIS WIFE RAN FOR HELP BUT HUDSON COULD NOT BE SAVED.

THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR 37 YEAR OLD SUSAN BACHMAN OF JULIAN WHO JUMPED FROM HER PARENTS’ MOVING CAR ALONG I-80 BACK ON JULY 4TH. THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY AND SUSAN RAN INTO THE WOODS. THE BACHMAN FAMILY SAYS A TRUCKDRIVER REPORTED SEEING HER JULY 11TH AT A TRUCK STOP. HE TOLD THEM SUSAN SAID SHE WAS HEADING WEST TO CALIFORNIA. THE BACHMANS ARE DRIVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STOPPING AT REST STOPS, HANGING POSTERS, AND ASKING PEOPLE IF THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR DAUGHTER.

A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR 16-YEAR-OLD ALEX HRIBAL WHO IS CHARGED WITH STABBING 20 STUDENTS AND ONE SECURITY GUARD AT FRANKLIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN MURRYSVILLE BACK IN APRIL. IT COULD BE POSTPONED BECAUSE THE BOY’S DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAS SAID HE PLANS TO ASK A WESTMORELAND COUNTY JUDGE TO MOVE THE CASE TO JUVENILE COURT. 4 STUDENTS WERE CRITICALLY INJURED, BUT ALL HAVE RECOVERED.

A BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE HAS SENTENCED 17 YEAR OLD TRISTEN WILSON OF ALTOONA TO STAY IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON UNTIL SCHOOL BEGINS IN 2 WEEKS…THEN HE’LL BE ON PROBATION FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS. WILSON PLEADED GUILTY, AS AN ADULT, TO SIMPLE ASSAULT AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. LAST MONTH, 21 YEAR OLD JORDAN KNUTSON ORDERED WILSON TO DRIVE WHEN HE THREW A WOMAN PARTIALLY INTO A CAR. SHE SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG AND OTHER INJURIES. KNUTSON HAS BEEN ORDERED TO TRIAL ON CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR A FORMER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELOR FROM CENTRE COUNTY WHO PLEADED NO CONTEST TO CHARGES SHE FAKED A KIDNAPPING AND LIED ABOUT BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. AUTHORITIES SAY 51 YEAR OLD CINDY BRUMBAUGH WAS TRYING TO HIDE AN ALLEGED FAIR SHE HAD WITH A CLIENT WHO WAS ASSIGNED TO HER BY THE COUNTY COURT SYSTEM.

3 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH TRYING TO ROB AN ALTOONA MAN AT THE CITY HALL COMMONS APARTMENT BUILDING LAST MONTH HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO TRIAL. POLICE SAY AMBER SCHWARTZTRAUBER TOLD THE MAN SHE NEEDED HELP WITH HER RENT AND OFFERED SEX FOR MONEY. 2 OF HER FRIENDS, JONATHAN LONG AND THOMAS BIRKL, ALLEGEDLY FORCED THEIR WAY INTO THE MAN’S APARTMENT…CHOKED AND PUNCHED HIM…THEN HELD A KNIFE TO HIS THROAT AND SAID THEY HAD A GUN. LONG HAD BROUGHT HIS 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER ALONG. THE VICTIM CALLED HIS FATHER TO BRING MONEY, BUT HE QUESTIONED WHETHER THE THIEVES ACTUALLY HAD A GUN. THAT’S WHEN THEY RAN OFF WITHOUT ANY CASH. LONG’S BAIL WAS REVOKED BECAUSE HE DIDN’T APPEAR AT THE PRELIMINARY HEARING.

DESPITE APPROVING A RESOLUTION WEDNESDAY AFFIRMING ITS POSITION ON A POTENTIAL SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUITS BETWEEN THE NCAA AND PENNSYLVANIA OFFICIALS, PENN STATE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES REMAINS SPLIT. ACCORDING TO STATECOLLEGE.COM, THERE WERE HEATED DISCUSSIONS AND NO ALUMNI-ELECTED MEMBERS APPROVED THE RESOLUTION, WHICH PASSED ON A 19 TO 8 VOTE. THE ALUMNI-ELECTED TRUSTEES THINK THE BOARD RUSHED THE DECISION, OPTING TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE STATING THE INTENTION TO CONTINUE COMPLYING WITH THE CONTROVERSIAL CONSENT DECREE.

PENN STATE’S FOOTBALL EXCELLENCE FUND RECEIVED A $1 MILLION DONATION FROM A LONGTIME DONOR. ALUM PAUL STECKO COMMITTED TO MONEY TO THE FUND, WHICH SUPPORTS COSTS FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, EQUIPMENT, TRAVEL AND MORE. PENN STATE WILL RENAME THE LOCKER ROOM IN THE LASCH BUILDING FOR THE STECKO FAMILY. PAUL STECKO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HAS DRAFTED A PROPOSAL FOR MAINTAINING LOCAL CONTROL AND THE CURRENT WORKFORSE OF THE CITY’S WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE CITY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LEASE THOSE SYSTEMS AS A WAY TO DIG OUT OF THE ACT 47 PROGRAM. AN AUCTION IS PLANNED, BUT THE NON-PROFIT, TAX-EXEMPT AGENCY HOPES IT CAN LEASE THE SYSTEMS INSTEAD AT A PRICE WITHIN THE RANGE A CONSULTANT HAS PREDICTED THE SYSTEMS WOULD GET FOR A 50 YEAR LEASE…180 TO 240-MILLION DOLLARS. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE GLAD ABCD IS INTERESTED, BUT FOR NOW, THEY PLAN TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE AUCTION EFFORT.

REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE TOM WOLF HAVE AGREED TO HOLD 3 DEBATES BEFORE THE ELECTION. THE FIRST IS AT THE PENNSYLVANIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DINNER IN HERSHEY ON SEPTEMBER 22ND. THE NEXT IS AT A PHILADELPHIA TV STATION OCTOBER 1ST. AND THE FINAL DEBATE IS SLATED FOR OCTOBER 8TH AT WTAE-TV NEAR PITTSBURGH.

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF PENN STATE’S ANNUAL AG PROGRESS DAYS AT ROCK SPRINGS. THE EVENT RUNS FROM 9 TO 4. YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE TOM WOLF VISITED WITH GUESTS. HEAVY TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED NEAR THE GROUNDS WEST OF PINE GROVE MILLS.

AN ALTOONA AREA HIGH SCHOOL 2014 HORSESHOE YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION AND SIGNING EVENT WILL BE HELD TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 3 BY THE MOUNTAIN LION STATUE. THIS IS FOR STUDENTS WHO PREVIOUSLY ORDERED AND PURCHASED A YEARBOOK. AUTOGRAPH PENS AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SOLD FOR A SMALL FEE. BOOKS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP TOMORROW FROM 11 TO 3 AT THE GREETER’S STATION INSIDE THE 14TH STREET ENTRANCE UNDER THE BRIDGE. AFTER FRIDAY, YEARBOOKS CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE MAIN OFFICE.